Instruct Jonathan

To instruct Jonathan please contact our clerks on +44 (0)20 7842 5555 or email clerks@4pumpcourt.com.

Noted for his work ethic, Jonathan is a sought-after junior with a specialist interest in commercial litigation and international arbitration. His practice spans the breadth of chambers’ work, including shipping, technology, construction, banking, and insurance matters.

Jonathan is presently instructed as junior counsel in a $1bn ICC arbitration. He is frequently instructed in international and domestic disputes, before the courts as well as a range of arbitral tribunals. Jonathan has a particular interest in work relating to the Middle East and the United States.

Recognized for his advocacy, Jonathan is known for his amicable personality and determined problem solving. He has appeared as sole counsel before the High Court multiple times, and has conducted well over a hundred contested trials and hearings. He is regularly instructed prior to or at the very start of proceedings to provide ongoing tactical and strategic advice.

Before coming to the Bar, Jonathan worked on international disputes with a law firm in New York City. He also worked in national politics, as a researcher in Parliament and as a published author and researcher at a major think tank. To date, Jonathan is the only person to have won both the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Moot and the English Speaking Union Moot.

Jonathan frequently mentors student barristers from unconventional backgrounds, and enjoys representing a variety of pro bono cases.

Much of Jonathan’s work is before arbitral tribunals and in challenges and applications under the Arbitration Act.

Featured Arbitration cases


Instructed as junior counsel in an ultra-high value ICC arbitration arising out of a large Middle Eastern infrastructure project with Duncan McCall QC and Ben Pilling QC.


Sole counsel in a s.67 and s.68 challenge to the decision of an LMAA Arbitrator in a dispute arising out of the sale of a multi-million pound yacht.


Assisted Alex Wright in Jiangsu Shagang Group v Loki Owning Company [2018] EWHC 330 (Comm): A s.67 challenge to the decision of an arbitrator in a $80m charterparty dispute.


Assisted Alex Wright in Haven Insurance Company v EUI (t/a Elephant) [2018] EWHC 143 (Comm) and [2018] EWCA Civ 2494: A s.67 challenge to the decision of an arbitrator, in a dispute arising out of the articles of association of the Motor Insurance Bureau.

Jonathan has extensive experience in commercial litigation, acting as sole and junior counsel in a broad range of disputes. Jonathan has a developing specialist focus on high value classic car and yacht disputes.

Featured Commercial Litigation cases


Sole counsel in a large and multi-faceted dispute between two law firms and a costs draftsman.


Sole counsel in a large software dispute for a well-known investment firm.


Sole counsel in a claim to recover a six-figure sum lost as a result of a phishing attack.


Regularly instructed to act for auctioneers in claims relating to alleged negligence and breach of contract.


Regularly instructed to act for auctioneers in claims relating to alleged negligence and breach of contract.


Regularly instructed to act in disputes arising out of the sale and repair of high value and classic cars.

Jonathan has experience in a range of shipping and marine disputes:

Featured Shipping cases


Advising on the construction of a dangerous goods clause in the standard terms of a major shipper.


Instructed in a claim for damage to a racing yacht.


Assisted Alex Wright on an anti-suit injunction following the arrest of a vessel in Bangladesh.


Instructed in a dispute arising out of damage to a vessel caused by a barge supplying bunkers.

Jonathan regularly acts in disputes relating to technology, and writes regularly for the Society for Computers and Law on recent decisions. He is particularly interested in software disputes, and disputes arising out of emergent technologies, including artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Featured Technology cases


Acting for a major investment firm as sole counsel in a large software dispute.


Acting for a variety of SMEs in software disputes with suppliers.

Jonathan has experience acting for both Employers and Contractors in relation to construction disputes of all sizes, as well as in a variety of professional negligence claims.

Featured Construction & Professional Negligence cases


Junior counsel in an ultra-high value ICC arbitration arising out of a large Middle Eastern infrastructure project (with Duncan McCall QC and Ben Pilling QC).


Acting as junior counsel in a TCC dispute regarding validity of a payless notice and the proper construction of a standard term in a JCT contract.


Regularly instructed to act as sole counsel for both Homeowners and Contractors in relation to disputes arising out of domestic construction work.


Instructed as sole counsel in professional negligence claim against a Yacht Broker.


Assisted Jessica Stephens QC in BDW Trading v Integral Geotechnique [2018] EWHC 1915 (TCC): The successful defence of a £2.5m claim arising out of the alleged negligence of a geotechnical engineer.

Jonathan has experience in a range of insurance disputes.

Featured Insurance & Reinsurance cases


Instructed as junior counsel advising a Lloyds syndicate on a high-value sensitive coverage dispute.


Regularly instructed by insurers to advise on suspected fraudulent claims.


Regularly instructed by insurers to advise on coverage disputes.


Instructed in relation to a multi-million pound loss arising out of a fire at commercial premises.

Jonathan is regularly instructed on matters in county courts across the country, including fast track trials, RTAs, disposal hearings, credit hire claims, interim applications, general contractual disputes, and claims in negligence against employers and occupiers. Jonathan also has experience of working with the Disclosure Pilot under Practice Direction 51U. Jonathan is regularly instructed for CCMCs and applications for relief from sanctions.

Jonathan also conducts cases on a pro bono basis through the Free Representation Unit and Advocate.

Review of Mr Justice Bryan’s judgment in AA v Persons Unknown

Laura Wright and Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard review Mr Justice Bryan's judgment in AA v Persons Unknown, in which he...

Construction Newsletter – How long do the Liquidated Damages continue?

The latest edition of our Construction Newsletter is now available. This edition, written by Quentin Tannock and...

Triple Point Technology, Inc. v PTT Public Company Limited

In a case note written for the Society of Computers and Law (SCL), Quentin Tannock and Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard...

IntoUniversity & King’s College London Legal Outreach Project

Our most recent tenant, Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard, recently took part in one of a series of events run by...

Instruct Jonathan

To instruct Jonathan please contact our clerks on +44 (0)20 7842 5555 or email clerks@4pumpcourt.com.

  • The Payment Rules, The Architect’s Handbook (10th Ed), Forthcoming (2020) with Jessica Stephens QC
  • “Case Note: AA v Persons Unknown: Unmasking the Proprietary Status of Cryptoassets”, Society for Computers and Law (2019)
  • “Case Note: Triple Point Technology v PTT Public Company”, Society for Computers and Law (2019)
  • “Set-off defence to claim for unpaid VAT widens scope of adjudication”, LexisPSL (2018)
  • How to Run A Country: A Parliament of Lawmakers, Reform Research Trust (2015)
  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • The Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • The Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR)
  • Young ITA (Institute for Transnational Arbitration)
  • Young Maritime Professionals (YMP)
  • Society of Construction Law (SCL)
  • Society for Computers and Law (SCL)
  • Princess Royal Scholarship, Inner Temple (2017)
  • UK Team, Commonwealth Mooting Competition (2017)
  • Excellence Scholarship, BPP Law School (2017)
  • BPTC, BPP University (2017)
  • Winner, ESU/Essex Court National Mooting Competition (2016)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Oxford Brookes University (2016)
  • Winner, Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition (2015)
  • Major Scholarship, Inner Temple (2014)
  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (BA), Brasenose College, University of Oxford (2014)

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